Alfred Wainwright MBE (1907-1991) used to be the Chairman of our charity and in 1984 he acquired the beautiful site near to Kendal from which we operate.

The history of the Wainright Shelter

Alfred Wainwright ("A.W.") MBE (17 January 1907 – 20 January 1991)

Back in 1972 a group of like-minded ladies formed Animal Rescue Cumbria after reading an article in the local press stating that a large number of pets were being put to sleep because suitable homes were not available.

The group were determined to do better and did so by taking animals into their homes and boarding them at various establishments until permanent approved homes could be found. They embarked on numerous fundraising activities to provide food, shelter and veterinary care.

In 1974 the group recruited Alfred & Betty Wainwright. Alfred Wainwright was elected Chairman of the organisation and under his guidance, Animal Rescue Cumbria was registered as a charity. Through the generosity of A.W. a fund was established with a view to creating a rescue centre. After a lot of effort Kapellan was bought in 1984 and a year later was up and running as a shelter for dogs and cats.

During A.W.'s lifetime royalties from sales of his books were given to Animal Rescue Cumbria. However, since his death we have been completely dependent on legacies, donations and fundraising activities. We are extremely grateful to all those who support us.

And so, from these humble beginnings, Animal Rescue Cumbria is now a well-established rescue and a place A.W. was proud to be associated with.

Visit www.wainwright.org.uk to find out much more about our friend and benefactor...

New book from The Wainwright Society with all proceeds donated to Animal Rescue Cumbria

Encounters with Wainright

Alfred Wainwright generously set up Animal Rescue Cumbria's wonderful animal shelter and he mapped our scenic fells. Now you can find out even more about him in this fascinating new book from The Wainwright Society.

"Encounters with Wainwright" contains 120 stories, with more than 250 full-colour photographs, of people who met or knew Alfred Wainwright. These range from very brief encounters to accounts from those who knew him over many years. Together they provide much new information and provide the reader with an opportunity to consider Wainwright afresh in the light of first-hand experience.

Animal Rescue Cumbria

 The Wainwright Shelter
Near Kendal
Cumbria LA8 9BS

Registered Charity number: 1153737

Animal Rescue Cumbria - image of our much loved mascot